Hula (2)

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The Sheffield based band Hula was founded in 1981. Three members (Mark Albrow, Alan Fish and Ron Wright) lived with Stephen Mallinder (Cabaret Voltaire) and Paul Widger (They must be Russians, Clock DVA, the Box) in a villa called Hula Kula. After trying the bass players Alan Watt, the notorious Chris Brain (Tense, NOS) and Mark Brydon (Chakk, Moloko), and after the replacement of Alan Fish by Nort (both drummed for the Cabs), Hula recorded the impressive album Murmur. Ingredients like cut ups, steady rhythms, and paranoia vocals were blended together into a unique white funky sound.
Hula recruited John Avery as a bass player. A bass player was necessary for the exciting live shows with lots of video material (Peter Care). Hula continued to bring out danceable 12 inches and more experimental albums. With this line-up Hula was more or less successful. International tours were made. Radio sessions for VPRO and John Peel were recorded and broadcasted. Being a support act for Depeche Mode implied performing live in Wembley Arena for huge crowds.

After Nort left the band in 1986 the music changed, but still remained interesting. Later on Mark Albrow quit as well. When their record company Red Rhino went bankrupt they moved on to Wax Trax. They released the last Hula record: a Jimi Hendrix cover of Voodoo Chile. The 12 inch did not sort out the desired effect. Jo Cammack joined in officially and they made new songs in 1991. Intimates say it is the best Hula ever made. For the public it is hard to judge, for the material is still in the vaults of the studio. Eventually Hula broke up.
[Cut and pasted from www.soureden.com]
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Hula (2) Discography Tracks

Albums

RED 35 Hula (2) - Cut From Inside album art Hula (2) Cut From Inside(LP, Album) Red Rhino Records RED 35 UK 1983 Sell This Version
Hula (2) - Murmur album art Hula (2) Murmur (Album) Red Rhino Records, Red Rhino Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
REDLP71 Hula (2) - Shadowland album art Hula (2) Shadowland(LP, Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP71 UK 1986 Sell This Version
REDLP 63 Hula (2) - 1000 Hours album art Hula (2) 1000 Hours(2xLP, Album) Red Rhino Records REDLP 63 UK 1986 Sell This Version
Hula (2) - Voice album art Hula (2) Voice (Album) Red Rhino Records UK 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Hula (2) - Black Pop Workout album art Hula (2) Black Pop Workout (EP) Red Rhino Records UK 1982 Sell This Version
RED T47 Hula (2) - Fever Car album art Hula (2) Fever Car(12") Red Rhino Records RED T47 UK 1984 Sell This Version
Hula (2) - Get The Habit album art Hula (2) Get The Habit Red Rhino Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
Hula (2) - Walk On Stalks Of Shattered Glass album art Hula (2) Walk On Stalks Of Shattered Glass Red Rhino Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
Hula (2) - Black Wall Blue album art Hula (2) Black Wall Blue Red Rhino Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Hula (2) - Freeze Out album art Hula (2) Freeze Out Red Rhino Records, Red Rhino Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Hula (2) - Poison album art Hula (2) Poison Red Rhino Records UK 1986 Sell This Version
Hula (2) - Cut Me Loose album art Hula (2) Cut Me Loose Red Rhino Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
Hula (2) - VC1 album art Hula (2) VC1 Wax Trax! Records US 1988 Sell This Version

Compilations

Hula (2) - Threshold album art Hula (2) Threshold (Comp) Red Rhino Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
REDC 85 Hula (2) - Cut From Inside / Murmur album art Hula (2) Cut From Inside / Murmur(Cass, Comp) Red Rhino Records REDC 85 UK 1987 Sell This Version
CDMGRAM 81 Hula (2) - The Best Of album art Hula (2) The Best Of(CD, Comp) Anagram Records CDMGRAM 81 UK 1994 Sell This Version

Miscellaneous

none Hula (2) - Live At The Leadmill 1983 album art Hula (2) Live At The Leadmill 1983(8xFile, FLAC) Sheffield Tape Archive none UK 2016

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IndustrialSoundtrack

IndustrialSoundtrack

November 22, 2015
edited over 2 years ago
Hula are featured in the music documentary Industrial Soundtrack For The Urban Decay.
DVD & Bluray release features +30 minutes of unseen interviews.
Now available from: www.industrialsoundtrack.com/shop
stolkblondiau

stolkblondiau

August 22, 2014
BenedenNAP, the dutch weekly radioshow on the edge of dance floor and chill out, just released a Hula special on mix cloud: http://www.mixcloud.com/benedenNAP/098-beneden-nap-22-augustus-2014-hula-special/
Great overview of their music.
Yage_2097

Yage_2097

August 1, 2010
edited over 7 years ago
Dear God. Please let a good label buy the rights for the releases of Hula, remaster them and rerelease them on CD. These early compatriotes of Cabaret Voltaire deserve more (just like Chakk). Yeah, you can allready buy the remastered mp3s/wavs from some very well known online shops but a cd, a booklet with old photos and a nice small biography (see the LTM reissues of the 23 Skidoo backcatalog) would do Hula a favour. Fans of Cabaret Voltaire, Fad Gadget, Portion Control, Tones On Tail, Front 242, Skinny Puppy take a note!
Sheffield: the birth place of forward thinking modern music. Do I need to say more?

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